Democrats on Thursday elected Sean Patrick Maloney, led by their campaign organization, to the 2022 election. Maloney, who became the first openly gay member of the New York Congress in 2013, will now be the first LGBTQ person to chair the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee to help recruit candidates, raise money and campaign.
– I am honored to be humiliated to gain the trust of my colleagues for leadership @DCCC at this pivotal moment in history, ”Maloney wrote on Twitter, winning her fifth cycle last month. “Now is the time for the House Democrats to unite and move forward together.” We need a united front to win in 2022. We protect this majority … for the sake of the people. “
Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, considered the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group Maloney’s election “an important milestone for LGBTQ people”.
“With Congressman Maloney across the country, LGBTQ people will have a seat at the table and will be a strong advocate to fight for us and make progress on key equality issues,” David said in a statement. “Maloney’s historic choices will encourage more LGBTQ candidates to congress, including and especially under-represented members of our community, including colored queer candidates, so we can achieve full representation of our diverse community.”
Maloney, 54, is one of seven openly LGBTQs serving in the House of Representatives and one of nine in the House and Senate. Next month, when the new congressional session begins, the current nine records will rise to 11 when incoming Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, both openly gay, New York black Democrats, take office.
The Democrat, who knows the vote, said Maloney, the headquarters of the Trump-friendly district of the Hudson Valley region of New York, was elected to head the DCCC by 119-107 votes over Tony Cardenas of California. Cardenas, 57, is a four-year-old MP who led Bold Pacet, the Spanish Caucasian fundraising branch of Congress. Maloney replaces outgoing President Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who left the job shortly after election day.
The close election of the DCCC post underscores the democratic uncertainty as to why at least a dozen incumbents were lost in last month’s vote, despite widespread expectations that perhaps 15 seats will be won. No Republican house has lost.
Progressives have accused the party’s poor performance of inadequate digital campaigning, while moderates have blamed liberals for putting Democrats vulnerable to GOP accusations as they are all socialists who support police funding. Party candidates outperformed moderates in suburban districts and Spanish voters, especially in South Florida.
“Every day, I will work to improve our campaign operations, connect with voters along the lines of differences, protect incumbents, and expand our majority,” Maloney said in a statement after his victory.
While campaigning for his new post, Maloney promoted his ability to win in a competitive district, his fundraising relationships, and a five-month study of the campaign committee’s 2016 performance that resulted in structural changes.
“I did all this as a married gay man with an interracial family – the first, and only openly until 2020, an LGBTQ person ever elected to the New York Congress,” he wrote in a letter to his colleagues. He added: “I know what it means to develop relationships with voters along the differences because I do it every day.”
Democrats left the 232–197 majority in the November elections, with one independent seat and five vacancies. While at the new congress convened next month, they can be sure they will re-inspect the house, they have a much smaller majority. Although a handful of tournaments have not yet been invited, their advantage over the GOP is currently 222-208.
The 2022 election seems difficult for House Democrats. In addition to defending the slim majority, the mid-term congressional election is historically difficult for the White House control party, where Democratic President Joe Biden is elected on January 20th.
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